Every Friday, we're going to recap some of the brightest art projects online. The only requirements: they have to be about art, and they have to be online. Some of it’s art, some of it’s not. This is one of the slowest Fridays of the year for news, but the internet always has some new gifts to give: IKEA's going digital, the Museum of the Moving Image puts on a daring show of GIFs, and Madame Chao's gets a second chance at fame on YouTube.
1. IKEA Goes Digital
For years, artists have sourced materials from IKEA. Now, the Swedish home-furnishing titan will provide them with even more fodder for future art projects; The Wall Street Journal
reports that the IKEA’s phone-book-sized catalog will now show mostly fake living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchen scenes. As a cost-saving measure, the company plans to use 3-D imaging software to render its homey interiors. Already, over 10% of all IKEA content is created virtually; next year, the company plans to boost that number to 25%. My goodness.